The Case For Democracy: The Power Of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny And Terror - (Paperback)
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By Natan Sharansky
New York Times Bestseller!
Natan Sharansky, the famous Soviet dissident who spent a decade in gulags, has authored his vision for defeating terrorists worldwide. The man who went from Soviet prisoner to Israeli cabinet minister draws on his unique experiences to advocate for launching a flood of democratic initiatives. He especially wants this initiative to target totalitarian regimes.
This book, which gained the attention of President Bush and his administration, outlines Sharansky’s strategies – based on personal experience – for making the world a safer place. Sharansky explains that the “public square test,” which states that an individual knows he is free if he can go to his city’s public square and say whatever he wants, is the bedrock Western right that can find traction in dictatorships.
He takes on conservative “realists” who fear a loss of stability in international relations. He refutes liberals who, he says, fail to distinguish between flawed democracies that struggle to implement human rights and authoritarian or totalitarian states that simply disregard human rights.
Many people argue that the success of democracy depends on the culture and is therefore unsuited for Muslim societies. Sharansky denounces this argument. He discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and mentions documented Israeli human rights abuses. However, he places the bulk of the blame for the conflict on the dictatorial systems common in Arab societies.
Readers will be intrigued by Sharansky’s experiences in prison as well as in power, and they will appreciate Sharansky’s discussions of life in Israel. His thesis for the necessity of widespread democracy is critical to understanding and overcoming this generation’s enemies.
“My optimism is not based primarily on the successful march of democracy in recent times but rather is based on the experience of having lived in a fear society and studied the mechanics of tyranny that sustain such a society.” - Natan Sharansky
About the Author
Natan Sharansky is a human rights activist and promoter of democratic values and freedom for all the world’s citizens. After spending nearly a decade in a Soviet prison, Sharansky eventually won his freedom and the right to emigrate to Israel. Following his arrival in Israel, Natan Sharansky served in four successive Israeli governments as Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, published three bestselling books and was a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1986 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. He serves as the Chairman of the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem as well as Chairman of One Jerusalem and Beth Hatefutsoth, the Jewish Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv. He remains a champion of the right of all people to live in freedom and believes that the advancement of liberty is critical to peace and security around the world.
“If you want a glimpse of how I think about foreign policy read Natan Sharansky’s book, THE CASE FOR DEMOCRACY… For government, particularly-for opinion makers, I would put in on your recommended reading list…[Sharansky] is an heroic figure. It’s a great book.” - President George W. Bush
“These days, the Oval Office is dancing the Sharansky. Anyone who wants to keep up had better learn the steps.” - Time Magazine
“An important book. In the post-9/11 world, it speaks eloquently and from the heart of a moment of possibility for freedom.” - The New York Times
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